Prepare for a successful 2017

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Making it through the first week at the office is easier when you start off small (

Happy New Year!

It’s the first week back at work (for many who have been on holiday over the festive season), and it’s usually around this time when most people start setting their goals for the rest of the year. It’s also around this time when you get that awful feeling that it’s back to reality (kinda takes you back to the last night before going back to school, doesn’t it?)

Of course, we understand that you’d rather not face the office.

However, the trick to making it through the first week and getting your goals underway lies in the tips we’ve selectively picked out to help you.

Monday: Stop dreaming about changing your career

Unless your goal is to really make a career change in the New Year, stop thinking about those far-fetched ideas of relocating and starting a new life in a foreign city.

If you love your job and you’re happy, think about ways you can improve yourself in the New Year. You know that the best employees are those who always strive for improvement. Whether this means registering for professional development workshops, signing up to take classes or staying up to date with the latest developments in your industry, it’s always important to commit to improving yourself.

Tuesday: Sort out your inbox

The out of office notification has been removed and now it’s time to delete all the old emails. They are a thing of the past now – literally. So let go of any messages that are cluttering your inbox. Thereafter, you can pay attention to new mails.

Wednesday: Draw up a To-Do list

Have you noticed how a To-Do list always brings out the dedicated employee in you? And the New Year is always a good time. To get over the hump, you can start off small and just draw up a single To-Do list for the day. If you’re really feeling pumped up, go wild and plan the rest of the month.

Thursday: Be more productive

There are plenty of ways out there to be more productive. There isn't a one-size-fits-all method. Different approaches work for different people. But once you've figured out what works for you, you’ll get back to your old self again. So make it your goal to try at least one trick this week, and see what works best for you.

Friday: Accept that you did as much as you could

Look its Friday, and the weekend is only a few hours away. If you’ve accomplished more than you thought you would, well done to you! If on the other hand, things didn’t work out quite the way you planned, and you’d rather forget that you have a job, then stop, breathe and pick up from where you left off next week.